Jamie Fullarton’s second away game in charge saw FC Halifax Town claim a 3-1 victory, with a professional performance over Woking FC at the Kingfield Stadium.
The Shaymen shone in a comfortable win in a game which had everything, Matty Kosylo getting a brace, and Connor Thomson managed to score with a header to get his debut goal.
The game started with the Woking taking home advantage to dominate possession throughout a large majority of the first half.
Jason Banton managed to get past Ben Tomlinson with ease and unleashed a curling shot which went just over Sam Johnson’s cross bar.
Then, a good piece of play by the away side saw McManus and Hibbs combine to find Matty Kosylo, who crossed the ball in to Guiseley loanee Mike Fondop-Talom who could not quite contact the ball infield.
Against the run of play with a brilliant counter attack, Matty Kosylo picked up the ball in the middle of the park, dribbled into the penalty area where was tripped and the referee pointed to the spot.
Kosylo stepped up and scored the penalty, right into the top right-hand corner sending the keeper the wrong way.
Banton’s attempts to get the home side back on level terms were stopped as Matty Brown got his head in the way of a curling shot from the 25-year old.
As half time loomed Duckworth gave away a foul after bringing down Charles-Cook. The free kick caused havoc in the Town penalty area, Sam Johnson, unable to get a hand onto an effort lead to the ball being blocked on the line and finally cleared away to defend the 1-0 lead.
Towards the end of the first half it was all one-way traffic in the way of the home side, with efforts from Charles-Cook and Anthony Cook giving Jamie Fullarton a nail biting situation on the touch line.
It was a nervy start for Town in the second half as Banton, who had been threatening in the first half cut inside from the right, before combining with Charles –Cook whose effort was helped on by Charlie Carter and into the back of the net to level the scores.
Much to the frustration of Town’s defenders who believe that the goal should not have stood due to Carter being in an offside position.
Although there was not too much to talk about straight after the equaliser, Town stood strong and weathered the storm which Woking produced.
A great ball from ben Tomlinson found Kosylo, who held off his shot at first, and then unleashed a bullet shot into the left top corner to give himself and Town their second of the day to go back into the lead 2-1. Giving Nathan Baxter between the sticks to chance.
The second goal for Town managed to open the game completely and allowed Fullarton’s side to be more creative going forward and dominated the game in the second half.
With ten minutes to go, FC Halifax Town extended the lead! A move involving both of today’s new singings ending in a goal to put the result beyond any doubt.
Raheem Hanley did well to link up with Tomlinson before the forward man found Duckworth who crossed in for new man Connor Thomson to flick home into the corner of the net. The former Blackburn Rovers man scoring on his debut.
With the game already decided, Woking still didn’t lie down as they pushed forward once more but. Grego-Cox’s header was off target and nothing for Johnson to worry about.
The result sees Town go just one point behind Woking with a game in hand as Fullarton gets his first win in charge of FC Halifax Town.
Woking: 1 Nathan Baxter, 21 Matt Young, 3 Nathan Ralph, 4 Joey Jones (12 Charlie Carter 7), 6 Richard Orlu (c), 5 Josh Staunton, 10 Jason Banton, 22 Kane Ferdinand, 11 Regan Charles-Cook, 23 Anthony Cook, 20 Reece Grego-Cox
Subs: 29 Jonny Edwards, 14 Fabio Saraiva, 15 Jordan Wynter, 18 Sam Mason
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 5 Matthew Brown (c), 7 Matty Kosylo (85′ Connor Oliver), 8 Nathan Hotte, 14 Ben Tomlinson, 20 Jake Hibbs (63′ Raheem Hanley), 22 Michael Collins, 31 Niall Maher, 11 Scott McManus, 33 Mike Fondop-Talom (73′ Connor Thomson), 39 Michael Duckworth
Subs: 9 Tom Denton, 13 Tom Nicholson
Goals: 33′(P) Matty Kosylo, 50′ Charlie Carter
Yellow Cards: 14′ Ben Tomlinson, 34′ Michael Collins, 54′ Kane Ferdinand, 54′ Nathan Ralph
Red Cards: None
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